‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ director: ‘Baby Groot was not created to sell toys’

The movie is due for release next year

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has hit back at claims that Baby Groot’s inclusion in the movie was part of a marketing scheme to sell toys.

Gunn claims that he originally planned to keep Groot fully blown in the follow up to Guardians Of The Galaxy, but it didn’t fit with the plot.

“When I was first working on the script for Vol. 2 I was planning on it being years after the first movie and for little Groot to be a grown Groot,” he wrote on a Facebook post.

“But there was something missing. First of all, I thought there was a lot of development the group needed to go through as a group – and it would be a shame for the audience to miss it. And, secondly, for whatever reason, Groot just wasn’t working. It was then I came upon the idea of having Vol. 2 take place very shortly after the first film and for Groot to still be Baby Groot, with quite a lot to learn.

“Even though I had already long-ago-decided on the other characters involved, this change opened up the whole movie for me and it suddenly all came together. I fell in love with the script for Vol. 2, and I felt like we were creating something very special.”

Gunn added: “All that said, I’m not an idiot. I knew if Baby Groot worked, the world would want Baby Groot toys and figures and plushies.

“But that certainly didn’t seem like a certainty when I was alone in my office conceiving of a story, and it most definitely was not the driving force of the decision. I, like so many of you through the trailer alone, had fallen in love with the little dude – even though at that point he was only in my head.”

You can read his full post below:

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Gunn recently compared Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 to his original 2014 movie. “I’d say the first film is a space opera, not a science-fiction film,” he said. “The second move is a bit more science-fiction, though.”